"The Craving Mind" released by author and CFM Director of Research, Judson Brewer

Date Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017

Judson Brewer "The Craving Mind"

 We are all vulnerable to addiction...

...whether it's a compulsion to check social media constantly, binge eating, smoking, excessive drinking, or any other destructive habit, we may find ourselves uncontrollably repeating.

In this groundbreaking book, The Craving Mind, Judson Brewer, M.D., Ph.D., a leading neuroscientist who has studied addictons for twenty years explores how bad habits are formed, why they are so tenacious, and how the practice of mindfulness can help us to conquer the most stubborn addictions and step into a new way of being.

Judson Brewer M.D. Ph.D. is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, having combined nearly 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein...read more...


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“This masterful, personal, friendly, compelling, humorous, and erudite book offers us a radically new perspective on learning, on breaking habits of mind not by force or through the application of will power or the desire for a reward, but by truly inhabiting the domain of being.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn, from the Foreword

Editorial Reviews

“Accessible and enjoyable. The Craving Mind brilliantly combines the latest science with universal real-life experiences.”—Arianna Huffington

"Entertaining and profound, Judson Brewer’s book brings our everyday addictions into clear view, helping us see how we get caught up in our habits, and giving us simple, grounded steps that we can take to overcome them. Wisdom infuses his research as he offers us a path of exploration to better our lives.”
—Jewel, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and author

“The core perception that 'something is missing' drives us to addiction and deprives us of the chance to live fully. By bringing together cutting-edge Western science, the radical insights of Buddhist psychology, and mindfulness practices, Judson Brewer offers a direct pathway to freeing our minds from the domination of craving.”—Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

“The Craving Mind is a remarkable book, one that will help free us from the powerful habits of craving and addiction. Brewer lays out a practical and empirically based pathway to greater freedom and ease in our lives. For many readers, this book will be life-transforming.”—Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

"As Co-Chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus, I've seen first hand the need for action on addiction and substance abuse. I am thrilled that Judson Brewer has taken his extensive research on mindfulness and outlined its benefits for those battling this terrible disease. This book couldn't come at a time of greater need."— U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, Ohio, author of A Mindful Nation

“Judson Brewer’s revolutionary approach challenges all of us to look again and really see what gets us stuck in self-destructive habits, and how we can, at last, free ourselves from them.”—Mark Williams, University of Oxford

About Dr. Brewer

Judson Brewer, M.D., Ph.D.

Judson Brewer M.D. Ph.D. is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, having combined nearly 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He is the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in Medicine and Psychiatry at UMass Medical School. He is also adjunct faculty at Yale University, and a research affiliate at MIT.

He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, trained US Olympic coaches, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED (4th most viewed TED talk of 2016), TEDMED, TEDx, Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, BBC, NPR, Businessweek and others.

A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, such as overcoming stress and emotional eating (www.goeatrightnow.com) and quitting smoking (www.cravingtoquit.com).